Cessna's Citation XLS Gets FAA Approval

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Cessna announced March 23 that its Citation XLS upgrade program has received FAA approval. The agency's action came less than six months since the model's introduction at the 2003 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention. The Citation XLS is the successor to the Citation Excel, which Cessna calls the "fastest-selling business jet in the world." The XLS program approval allows Cessna to add the XLS to its existing type certificate, with appropriate amendments. Powered by Pratt & Whitney’s new PW545B engines, the XLS will feature better performance than the Excel, including a cruise speed of 431 KTAS at FL430 and less than 30 minutes to climb to that altitude.

The XLS cockpit is built around Honeywell's all-new Primus 1000 Control Display System (CDS) avionics, which includes three 8” x 10” liquid crystal displays; two primary flight displays (PFD), one for each pilot; and one multi-function display (MFD). Other improvements over the Excel include an expanded standard equipment list with over $600,000 of once-optional equipment. The XLS seats nine and is on track for deliveries in the near future.